Every man always has handy a dozen glib little reasons why he is right not to sacrifice himself.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies
The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing
Whoever has really sacrificed anything, knows that he wanted and got something in return
Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."